In this episode, we look at how the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti changed life here in South Florida. We tell stories from a school that absorbed quake survivors, from a church that opened its doors to the grief-stricken, from lawyers’ offices where Haitians applied for an immigration shield, and from a hospital tent where tired doctors were uplifted by a song.
In our first piece, Calling Home, we track Haitian families just days after the massive quake, as they try desperately to reach loved ones back home. And in TPS: Long and Winding Road, we look at how a special immigration status granted to Haitians is playing out. Then, in his interview with linguist Feryal Yavas about how people say "Hurricane, I Mean Earthquake,” co-host Dan Grech explores how language frames a disaster.
The second part of our Haiti Episode features Rev. Reginald Jean-Mary of the Notre Dame D’Haiti church in Miami, speaking about the role of music and Faith in the Aftermath. A group of medical professionals from South Florida also tell their story– about an inspiring moment in a crowded makeshift hospital tent, in Patients and Healers. A separate piece on healing, 2 East focuses on the relationship between a doctor and his nine-year-old patient. Lastly, we hand the recorders over to a group of high school students in Lauderdale Lakes as the Teens Buddy Up With Quake Survivors.